Today In Oldies Music History: July 20--
Births1933: Buddy Knox
1943: John Lodge (The Moody Blues)
1944: T.G. Sheppard
1946: Kim Carnes
1946: John Almond (The Johnny Almond Music Machine)
1947: Tony Thorpe (The Rubettes)
1947: Carlos Santana
1955: Marisa DeFranco (The DeFranco Family)
Deaths1969: Roy Hamilton
Events1940: Billboard magazine publishes their first combined record sales chart, ranking the hits of all major labels. Sitting atop the ten entries is Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again," lead vocals by Frank Sinatra.
1954: Taking their name from their local hit recording of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black perform a concert as The Blue Moon Boys on a flatbed truck outside the grand opening of a Memphis drugstore.
1961: British paper Mersey Beat announces that the Beatles -- or rather, the Beat Brothers, as they were then known -- have just signed their first recording contract. Not with Capitol, but with famed German producer Bert Kaempfert.
1961: The Leslie Bricusse - Anthony Newley musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off premieres in London.
1963: The Beatles nab their first UK Number One LP with Please Please Me.
1965: Frank Sinatra leaves his handprints in cement outside Hollywood landmark Grauman's Chinese Theatre at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
1968: Aware of Paul McCartney's various affairs, his fiancee, Jane Asher, announces on the BBC TV program Dee Time that she has broken off her engagement with the Beatle: "I haven't broken it off, but it is broken off, finished... I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other, and love each other, but it hasn't worked out. Perhaps we'll be childhood sweethearts and meet again, and get married when we're about seventy." Paul, watching at home, is reportedly surprised, but rumors had been swirling for months, so perhaps not.
1970: The Carpenters appear as guest bachelor and bachelorette on ABC's Dating Game TV show.
1975: Steven Van Zandt makes his first appearance in concert with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1979: In trade ads announcing their newest single, "Don't Bring Me Down," the Electric Light Orchestra puckishly dedicate the song to Skylab, the first US space station, which was about to prematurely re-enter Earth's atmosphere in bits and pieces.
1986: Carlos Santana celebrates his 39th birthday, as well as the 20th anniversary of his band, by playing a concert in San Francisco featuring all living members of Santana -- 17, to be exact.
Releases1963: Lesley Gore, "Judy's Turn To Cry"
1964: The Beatles: "I'll Cry Instead" b/w "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You," "And I Love Her" b/w "If I Fell"
1964: The Beatles, Something New
1965: The Lovin' Spoonful, "Do You Believe In Magic?"
1965: Bob Dylan, "Like A Rolling Stone"
Recording1987: Paul McCartney: "Kansas City," "Twenty Flight Rock," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "I'm In Love Again," "Bring It On Home To Me," "Lucille," "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday," "That's All Right Mama," "Summertime," "Just Because," "Midnight Special"
Charts1963: Jan and Dean's "Surf City" hits #1
1968: Hugh Masekela's "Grazing In The Grass" hits #1
1968: Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida enters the charts
1968: Cream's Wheels Of Fire hits #1